Sunday, March 29, 2015

Trying to Recover

I like my new bedroom furniture. I have been sleeping pretty hard, for I am still exhausted. Spent the weekend taking it easy. There is no one interrupting my morning tea, and I don't have to do the dishes every day. I can do what I want when I want. That is a benefit of living by one's self, and explains how disruptive a three week visit by family can be.

Mainly I have been hanging out and watching videos. Finally started on Outlander last night. I am saving "The Wedding" for tomorrow night. The last bit featured the flogging of the male hero. It was sort of graphic, but probably not totally accurate. When a sadist is is using a cat o' nines on you, 100 strokes some days previously, and another 100 to follow, it occurs to me you're not just getting skin tattered and bleeding, but you are carving into muscle. if it's a sadist going nuts with weights in the knots, and swinging in full motion, he's going to cripple you, if not kill you, after that many lashes. I've tried to do a little research on the matter, but it's not so easy to find out the medical effects of flogging. Infection probably killed way more people than the actual flogging in more recent times. Oh, the things my search engine has seen as I look strange stuff up....

I did manage a little work today, re-entering/revising my two problem chapters. They went through the writing group on Wednesday, and I hope they are in much better shape. Really need to be unexhausted to do any substantial work. If I am not doing better in a day or two, it is time to check the old thyroid. Trying to keep hydrated, etc.

It has been really warming up here. We had a very mild winter--most of our winter went east--and I hope that doesn't mean we'll have an excessively hot spring and summer. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Survived, Mostly

Yeesh. I got up at 3:00 am to take my folks to the airport. It is tough enough to make that one hour drive when you are fully rested and awake, and then have portions of the highway closed down due to construction thrown into the mix? It wasn't a major problem, but made the whole thing harder to cope with. Made it home and got maybe two hours of sleep before I woke up and couldn't sleep. You see, I have old colleagues from the park coming through town just taking a drive through the southwest (they're both retired) and thought they'd be here as soon as tomorrow (Thursday), so I was anxious to get at least some of the house clean. After three weeks of two extra people living here, it got grubby. So somehow I found the wherewithal to vac and mop and clean some of the rooms. I did not clean every room because it was not physically possible with my exhaustion level. But I did well--surprizingly well. It turns out my visitors arrived today, but we just talked by phone and will get together tomorrow. They are not staying with me, even though I asked if they wanted to. 

Parents arrived in FL with no trouble, and I had writing group tonight.

The next event is Friday--delivery of the bedroom furniture.

As for day, I think I've had about all I can handle. This weekend I will try to relax, but I'm also anxious to go full speed ahead on the book. I am about 30 pages behind this month's goal, and that it is only 30 pages is due to last month's overage. Still, it certainly is not unexpected that I've fallen behind.

Time to take the dog out to check his pee-mail.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday the 13th

I am in the midst of a three week parental unit visit. I was tired before they came, and they are running me into the ground. They will soon be 80 years old. I have a big birthday this year, too. They have the guest room with the bed and new mattress. I have an air mattress on the floor in the master bedroom and it's clear I am not as young as I used to be. I of course slept on the air mattress when my editor was here last month, I'm on it now, and will have more visitors next month. I just couldn't take it anymore so today I bought a new bed, and yes a mattress to go with it. It's a sleigh bed with inset slate. There was an inustrial-rustic bed that I quite liked, but liked the sleigh bed better, the former also more of a trendy look, and the latter more classic. I feel so grown up. New mattresses will arrive in about a week, which will get me off the air mattress, and the bed frame in two weeks. In any case, between the furniture store, the big box hardware store, and the warehouse store, it was a major merry go round with the units. We are all exhausted.

Writing is still sorta happening, though it is a little more difficult to get my head into it with interruptions and having to go and do. Probably won't make my desired page goal, but I am not going to beat myself up about it. Not much else happening in the book arena at this time.

Can't believe we are hitting the Ides of March.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Wind, it Blows

I am listening to the strong wind whoosh against the house and jangle the wind chimes. We have had a weird mix of sun and sprinkles all day. Actually, I have little idea what went on this morning--had a bad night of sleep, so after I took care of the fur children around 9:30 a.m., I went back to bed and did not rise till after noon. Was planning to get out this afternoon, but gave up since I've been so slow to move.

The weather here has been, on the most part, as mild as it's been rough in the northeast. The jetstream has brought us an early March/April. I do not know what that means for the real spring and summer. So glad I am not having to wrestle with the snow back in Maine. I would have had fits by now, and if I hadn't moved already, I'd be high-tailing it now.

Have been dealing with some kind of subliminal crud, and breathing has been less easy than usual.

Novel has been moving apace, but I feel like I need a break. I expect that will come in the form of the parental visit next month. They will be here for three weeks. I plan to work, but at least I'll be getting out more often. Maybe I'll take the dog for a drive in the country... I have spent the last 100 pages or more writing nasty stuff, so no wonder I am a little weary. 

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Oh, Hello

Peeking in. Have been writing lots, sleeping little, and cleaning. My editor will be visiting me this weekend, and it's kind of like having your boss stay with you. I have stayed at her place a few times, but now the table is turned. I am kind of a slob, but that's because I'd rather be writing than cleaning, so, when the cleaning does happen, it is more of a challenge. This house also has a lot more to clean than my old homely cabin back in Maine. However, and this is big, I am NOT having to shovel gobs of snow. The gods bless, Northeast. So the kitchen is mostly clean (don't look in the fridge or oven), the guest bathroom is ready, and I vacced and mopped the hard floors, and spot cleaned carpeting. Will then have to do a major vac job on the rest of the carpet. Exciting, I know, but best to keep on the good side of one's editor.

I had also ordered a new mattress for the guest bedroom. I was told it would be here in two weeks, in time for my editor's arrival. Then I got a call saying it would be ready for Saturday delivery. Uh, no. So, my editor is going to have to sleep on my lumpy old mattress. I tried. 

I have filled much of my recreational tv viewing time on Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. If you ask me, they are the best fantasy depicted on small or large screens. Avatar is for younger kids, and Korra for those kids grown up, but I got a lot out of it all. Me, almost half a century old, watching cartoons, but these aren't your typical kid's fare. And, I am jealous of the kids who got to grow up with these shows. Sure, Scooby-doo was great when I was a kid, but apples and oranges. Avatar and Korra are in a league of their own. Finished watching the final season of Korra tonight, a satisfying conclusion to the series. 

Absolutely exhausted. The muse has been burning the candle on both ends despite my best efforts to sleep, and of course the four-legged pestilence tag team me when they desire me to be up. If I try to nap, the dog barks his head off at invisible somethings, and that cat gets into mischief of his own. Pains in the butt.

Hope anyone who sees this is well. Have not had a great start to the week. On ward and upward.

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Happy 2015

Well, well, well. So it's been a while. Hope the holidays treated everyone who looks here well and that 2015 will be a good one. I am thinking perhaps Gryphon Street has outlived (?) its purpose, and the fact that I don't really know its purpose is probably an indication of something. I felt like all I was doing was whining. Maybe there was other stuff, but...

In any case, I won't delete just yet. So life has been fine since the end of October when I last wrote here. My health has continued to be pretty good and I've kept up with being productive on book six--yay!! Staying home for Christmas was nice. Last year I had gone to Florida and came home with a flu bug and the cat and dog also returned home from their kennels very sick. Meanwhile I was trying to go over the copyedits from hell... Healthy so far this year (knock on wood) and just finished sorting my 2014 papers which is way ahead of last year (sorted 2013 papers in June or July). Last year's new year's resolution was to cut down the tv cable bill. Never got there, but it looks like I'll be able to eliminate the tv cable bill this year. I bought an antenna called the Leaf and it brings in over 26 channels over the air. 75% are Spanish-speaking channels, but I get the major channels (including PBS) and secondaries (Fox, CW), and then some other oddities. This will satisfy me. After all, in Maine after the previous administration sold off the citizen's airwaves, I was lucky to get one channel, and the cable company was too afraid to hook me up through the woods.

So that's about it for now. Don't know when I'll be back. We'll see...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Going On

Well it has not been a happy week for the writing group. There has been some major upheaval, and hopefully those of us who have been left behind can pick up the pieces. Group is part of my process, but regardless of what happens to it or the individuals I convene with, *I* have to go on. This is my career, and I will go on regardless of the situation, even if I have to find a new process.

And going on I have been doing. Last night I drafted most of a chapter, and today I typed in a previous chapter. Not sure if I will make my goal for the month, but it's going to be close. 

Couldn't fall asleep until 3 a.m. or later. I was astonished the cat didn't tromp on me this morning, but when I started to wake up, found him laying quietly beside me. Even when I became more wakeful he didn't tromp on me. It was quite nice. I am under no illusions it will continue.

Cloudy today. Not sure we got temperaturewise, maybe upper 70s-80.